Roy Hodgson opens door to Marcus Rashford's Euro 2016 inclusion

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Before Manchester United’s Europa League second-leg clash against Midtjylland, very few people had even heard of Marcus Rashford.

But a brace on his debut, followed by another two goals against Arsenal four days later and the 18-year-old was being talked about all over the country.

Some even went as far as tipping him for a place in Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad in the summer.

Surely it would be too soon to include the youngster in the national team, many claimed - after all, he has made just three senior appearances.

But Hodgson has had his say on the hot prospect and appeared to open the door to the striker and his chances of playing for England in France.

“If he can keep that up it is great for Manchester United and England,” he said when talking at a UEFA international coaches workshop, as per The Mirror.

“I would neither rule him in or rule him out. I just hope he can do well. In the past, I have taken chances by giving young players their opportunities and they have taken them.

“We were talking about Tottenham and the young players, they got their chance and took it.

He added: “Oxlade-Chamberlain was there is 2012, Sterling was in when he was only 18 or 19. Ross Barkley was another.”

Rashford faces stiff competition if he is to earn a place in Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad. Jamie Vardy is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 19 goals, while Harry Kane has 16.

Rashford’s teammate, and England captain, Wayne Rooney will undoubtedly be in the squad despite his current injury but the youngster could be Hodgson’s surprise inclusion for the tournament.

But strikers such as Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe will all be vying for a spot in the squad, meaning Rashford will have to maintain his impressive form to earn one of those precious 25 places.

Despite admitting that the United starlet could be named in his Euro 2016 squad, he hoped that his potential is nurtured carefully at Old Trafford.

“My hope for Rashford is that he will be allowed to develop in peace and it won’t suddenly be a question of ‘You have scored two goals for Man United and you’re going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo,' he said.

“Or every time he has two or three bad games he is a flash in the pan.

“Let’s hope he gets the same chance to develop at Manchester United and, hopefully, for England as all those guys in the past and he isn’t going to be lifted up so high that the inevitable fall will follow.”

Hodgson names his next England squad on March 17 for the friendlies with Germany and Holland.

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